We like to be hand-held by our dreams once in a while. The opening sequence of Woody Allen's Manhattan (1979)—sixty shots in a cold twilight of black and white—shaped my perception of the city a long time ago. Only years later, I realized how emblematic each spot was. I still carry those perfect four minutes in my iPhone's videos. The NYC series continues, but the time has come to start going on the road. San Francisco, where I spent two magical years in the late nineties, proved to be the perfect place to start this new voyage. It all comes down to: what do we think about when we think about the cities we love? Memories, stereotypes, art and movies, general lore. For my landscapes, I merge the ideas I brought with me—what I expected—with what I actually found, to try to distill my honest interpretation of an icon. I want to offer an image I would have loved to dream about. As in my earlier set of prints, these were drawn on location on an iPhone, using the Brushes app. I'm always trying to narrow down my set of tools, so compressing easel and paper, brushes and every possible color inside my pocket is quite appealing. Brushes has limitations—I've been sticking to the older version (without layers) and working strictly from background towards foreground, which requires some discipline—but I love pushing a simple tool to its extremes.
Jorge Colombo has worked as a designer, as a photographer and as an illustrator for 30 years. He's best known, however, for the finger paintings he started doing on an iPhone in 2009. Four 20x200 editions released in April 2009 led to his first cover for The New Yorker, highlighted by the media everywhere as the first magazine cover ever created on a smartphone. He currently paints almost exclusively on touch screens (iPhone or iPad), and his images continue appearing in The New Yorker and many other publications. His collection of one hundred NYC views, New York: Finger Paintings by Jorge Colombo, featuring essays by Jen Bekman and Christoph Niemann, was published in 2011 by Chronicle Books, in collaboration with 20x200. Colombo was born in 1963 in Lisbon, Portugal, and moved to the USA in 1989. He lived in Chicago, in San Francisco and has been living in New York City since 1998 with his wife, artist Amy Yoes.